The Qu'Appelle Valley Horse Pull Club was established in 1989.  Today we have 20 active members in the club.  Each year our members attend numerous pulls within Saskatchewan as well as compete at the Calgary Stampede and Agribition.  We support local groups, and in 2010 we donated to Valley View 4H Club and held a Donation Pull in Regina, Sask for the Diabetic Center.

President:  Bob Piesinger

Vice President: Norman Vertefeuille

Treasurer: Rick Byrne

Safety Committee: 

                                                                                   

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Qu'Appelle Valley Horse Pull Club


by Gerald Hendry

Photos courtesy of Prairie Wind Photography


Thank you to the CBHA president, Gelald Hendry for submitting the following article.  Belgian horses are undoubtedly the strongest of all draft breeds, as proven by their success at Pulling Competitions.

The Qu’Appelle Valley Horse Pull Club is located in Southern Saskatchewan, with most of the teamsters located a short distance around Regina.  The club has been around for 15 years and has 15 members.  Members range in occupations from farmers and business owners to retirees and welders.  The majority of the teams in the club-sponsored pulls are Belgians. 

There are 3 weight divisions; the light weight division is 3000 lbs. and under, the middle weight division is 3500 lbs. and under and the heavy weight division is 3501 lbs. and up.  The rules are easy – the team that pulls the most weight the required 14 feet distance is the winner.  The track is set up with 2 lines 16 feet apart and 120 feet long.  Each team has two tries to pull the stoneboat loaded with weights.  The weight of the stoneboat generally starts with 3000 lbs. so the horses build up gradually to heavier weight.  The club rules state “no jerking” the load and most teamsters like to say, “tighten the tugs” to their team and then move the load.

These horses are true equine athletes.  They are conditioned daily pulling a variety of weights during the week.  Most are fed a special diet high in protein and minerals to help them reach their maximum performance levels.  The horse shoes that these pulling horses wear are a hybrid, designed to get the most traction possible.  They are regular round work shoes with 2” cleats welded to the bottom.  The harness used is either nylon or leather with triple ply tugs to handle the stress of the load.  The collars are extra wide at the shoulders and use extra wide collar pads.  Safety of the horse is always on the minds of the teamsters.  These teams are very well mannered and like most athletes they get “up for the game”.

The club will attend between 14 and 16 pulls per year with the championship held in Regina Saskatchewan during the Canadian Western Agribiton.  When asked what they look for in a pulling horse there are some differences based on individual preference.  For most it’s simple…great feet, strong heavy bones and good hip and shoulder also play a huge role.  A horse with a deep girth and wide chest seem to help in allowing the horse to get air and return to normal breathing before pulling the next load.

Many of the pulling horses have come from breeders in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.  Many have been raised by the show breeder.  As we know, all of the horses born are not going to be show horses and this becomes an important avenue for breeders to find good owners for their stock.  Once the pulling horse is unable to compete they often become chores horses pulling round bales to feed cows or nice quiet wagon teams.

If you have never been to a horse pull you should try to go.  They are exciting and very competitive.  You’ll have a chance to see excellent animals and some very talented teamsters.  Just like show horses you’ll have a chance to see how teamsters each have their own unique ways of staring and working these powerful animals.

This club is dedicated to the sport and these teamsters are dedicated to their horses.

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